Textile Town Johnny Get Your Hair Cut The Hairy Toe How to Play Old-Timey Musical Instruments Pickin’ Partners String Band Fiddle Traditions Buffalo (Charles Summer) Story, Song and Image Recordings and Books Textile Town (Book) Mill Peoples Way (SC ETV)   Fiddle Traditions (CD)    Southern Appalachian Storytellers (Book) Story, Song and Image (CD) Two Wolves, Two Worlds (film)   Featured Projects Hairy Toe Productions Hairytoeproductions@juno.com John Fowler is an Appalachian storyteller & mountain musician, song collector, writer, and radio host. John’s grandparents were from the hills and hollers of the southern Appalachian Mountains. His roots and programs represent these ties. John has been performing for more than 25 years featured at festivals, schools, colleges, and camps. He is a regional favorite at the Stories for Life Festival, Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, Starburst Storytelling Festival, Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival, and Augusta Bakers Dozens Festival, as well as many others. In the spring of 2013 John was honored in receiving the prestigious Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award presented by the South Carolina General Assembly. This award given acknowledges his lifetime  achievement as an storyteller and traditional musician. This is the highest award bestowed on traditional artist in South Carolina. John has produced several distinctive popular recordings of traditional/roots & ethnic musicians and storytellers. Textile Town (1992) featured a rare collection of interviews with local textile operatives from Spartanburg County. His release of Fiddler Traditions-rare field recordings-claimed national appeal in 2004, and in 2010 he collaborated with Greenville, SC renown artist Glen Miller on a project,  Story, Song and Image; this CD production featuring South Carolina roots music is enhanced with Mr. Miller’s larger than life paintings of each featured musician. Though the artistic collection is now privately owned, Story, Song and Image is a must see on the occasions of public exhibition.  John has several other recordings to his credit and has written for Hub City Writers Project and in 1994 self published an instructional book on playing simple hand-held folk instruments-How to Play Old-Time Musical Instrument. In 2010 he was honored to be featured in the book Southern Appalachian Storytellers (McFarland) by Saundra Kelly. John has won several competition awards at national festivals playing the banjo and guitar. He also teaches guitar.     He is a graduate of the Institute for Community Scholars, Folklore & Music Studies at Swannanoa College, and has an Associates degree in Civil Engineering from Spartanburg Technical College. He is a member of the South Carolina Storytelling Network and founding member of the Carolina Old Time Music Network. Currently, John is serving as the State Scholar with S.C Humanities Council's touring exhibit New Harmonies.  He also co-produces a very popular old-time music show, "This Old Porch" on NC public radio WNCW 88.7. Short Bio A bona fide storyteller and award winning old-time musician with family ties to the Southern Appalachian hills, John has over 25 years of experience in sharing his talents at festivals, gatherings, libraries, in classrooms and performance halls from coast-to-coast. On the stage his presentation are a blast of creative energy articulating time, place and people involving humor, music and realistic characters. John tells southern folktales, Jack & Grandfather Tales, stories of haunts and hants, untruths and family yarns weaving music, folklore and history. His programs have been called "a natural stepping stone that leads to our past". John is a recent recipient of the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, the highest award given to folk artists in South Carolina. Fiddler’s Grove Harmonica Champion (1999) (2000) Mountian and Dance Folk Festival Banjo Champion (2000) Hagood Mill OT Festival Banjo Champion (2005) Honors and Awards: Take Me With You!